Marie-Claire’s belly button has passed peer review

Marie-Claire’s belly button is on the x-axis

You have probably heard about the new paper in PLoS ONE describing the diversity of microbiological species in the human belly button. Understanding within species variation is critical before we can get a real handle on between species variation in belly button microbial diversity. What you may not know is that our own Marie-Claire Shanahan provided one of the belly buttons used for this study. Marie-Claire is, as it says in the acknowledgements, “curious about the life on their own bodies and in what science can tell them about themselves.”

In fact, Marie-Claire’s belly button is the poster child for this research, at least in Canada. She was featured in a CBC video describing the work, which can be seen here (may only be visible in Canada).